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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MMORPG.com recently posted a new interview with CCP Games CEO Hilmar Petursson. The article examines the company's plans to reintroduce the Council of Stellar Management for EVE Online. The council will be made up of players who will serve to voice the concerns of the game community to the developers. This new council will be entirely elected by the game's player base, with elections held every six months.

While the council is an old concept, the new council will be implemented in an entirely different manner. First and foremost, the council members will not be chosen by the CCP developers – instead, they will be picked by the EVE players. Petur explained that the idea of this is to get something good and realistic from the playerbase. If CCP handpicks the council members, the council could be biased. An election, explained Petur, would be a much more fair and realistic way to get the player point of view.

You might be wondering, what exactly IS the Council of Stellar Management’s duties? While the name implies some in-game, roleplayish aspect, the council is actually an entirely metagame program. Council members are not the dictators or democrats of the EVE world; they are advisors to the developers concerning gameplay mechanics, balance, and player wishes. Consider them your ambassadors of ideas, and elect them wisely…the Coucil of Stellar Management needs to be a diverse group to represent the player community of EVE.

On that note, I asked Petur what would keep large corporations from corp stacking; after all, 5,000 Goons putting their votes behind their members is no small number! Petur and the CCP team don’t seem concerned with this, though; he has faith that – like real life – politics will work themselves out. If a casual miner makes themselves well known to other casual miners, there’s a good chance they’ll get some votes.
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